Chicago retirement community starts new summertime culinary programs

Picnic lunches and a learning series are new programs seniors at The Clare can now enjoy.

July 25—Residents of The Clare can now enjoy the abundance of nearby amenities including outdoor concerts and festivals, while still dining on the fabulous cuisine of Chef Hagop Hagopian. “Residents love to go to concerts in the park or to the beach or museum and we love to make sure that they have a great meal while they’re out,” said Brian Hughes, director of dining services for The Clare. “We offer picnic lunches that the residents are just loving.”

Hagopian, the executive chef of The Clare is trained in French cuisine and has won many prestigious awards. Under his supervision, picnic offerings include Brie and Bosc pear salad, tomato caprese salad, roasted vegetables crudité, shaved leg of lamb, chicken pesto salad and more. Desserts include vanilla cheesecake, flourless chocolate cake and apple tart. “Everyone can build their own picnic by choosing each course. We offer this seven days a week with just 24 hour notice,” said Hughes.